Alexander Williams is a PhD student in the Department of History at Yale. He studies 19th- and 20th-century South Asia, particularly legal history, print culture, and the legal profession. Currently, his research focuses on the history of collective action and strikes by lawyers in early post-colonial India. He is also interested in the interpretation and synthesis of Anglo-American and Indian legal culture in 19th-century Urdu print. Other interests include histories of international law and labor law.
Before graduate school, he received a B.A. in History and South Asian Studies from Yale College, where he wrote a thesis on post-WWII trials for collaboration and treason in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In 2019-20 he was a Fox International Fellow at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He will be starting a joint degree in Yale Law School in 2021.